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Scottish Art in the Age of Change 1945-2000

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Course Summary

This course introduces students to the history of Scottish Modern and Contemporary Art since 1945. It will survey and analyse the outstanding achievements of this remarkable era through the work of Paolozzi, Davie, Eardley, Bellany, Boyle Family, Finlay, Campbell, Watt, Borland, Gordon and the recent “Generation” artists.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Content of Course

Each week there will be a two-hour class, which will consist of an illustrated introductory lecture followed by class discussion. Each class will focus on the work of a major artist of the period, examining that work in a socio-historical and artistic context. The classes will be arranged in a chronological historical basis from 1945 to the end of last century.

Teaching method(s)

Each session will consist of an introductory lecture followed by open discussion. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Show an introductory knowledge of the historical and artistic development of Scottish art from 1945 to 2000;

  • Assess critically the wide array of works from this period which are readily available to be seen in major collections throughout Scotland.


Core Readings


  • Hare, Bill, 1993. Contemporary Painting in Scotland. Sidney: Craftsman House.

  • Hartley, Keith, 1987. Scottish Art since 1900. Edinburgh: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

  • Macmillan, Duncan, 2000. Scottish Art in the 20th Century. Edinburgh; Mainstream.

  • Partrizio, Andrew, 1999. Contemporary Sculpture in Scotland. Sidney: Craftsman House.



If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

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